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The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgils Aeneid Philip R. Hardie

The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgils Aeneid

Philip R. Hardie

Published June 5th 2014
ISBN : 9781780762470
Hardcover
256 pages
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I sing of arms and of a man: his fate had made him fugitive: he was the first to journey from the coasts of Troy as far as Italy and the Lavinian shores. The resonant opening lines of Virgils Aeneid rank among the most famous and consistentlyMoreI sing of arms and of a man: his fate had made him fugitive: he was the first to journey from the coasts of Troy as far as Italy and the Lavinian shores. The resonant opening lines of Virgils Aeneid rank among the most famous and consistently recited verses to have been passed down to later ages by antiquity. And after the Odyssey and the Iliad, Virgils masterpiece is arguably the greatest classical text in the whole of Western literature. This sinuous and richly characterised epic vitally influenced the poetry of Dante, Petrarch and Milton. The doomed love of Dido and Aeneas inspired Purcell, while for T S Eliot Virgils poem was the classic of all Europe. The poets stirring tale of a refugee Trojan prince, torn from Libyan waves to found a new homeland in Italy, has provided much fertile material for writings on colonialism and for discourses of ethnic and national identity. The Aeneid has even been viewed as a template and a source of philosophical justification for British and American imperialism and adventurism. In his major new book Philip Hardie explores the many remarkable afterlives - ancient, medieval and modern - of the Aeneid in literature, music, politics, the visual arts and film.